Brusly’s Lady Panthers challenged Port Allen’s Lady Pels on the court Tuesday, January 14th in a lopsided rivalry game ending in a 65-35 win for the Panthers.
“Our defense did a great job,” said Brusly’s head coach Shaeeta Williams.
Freshman Caitlyn Williams had five steals and scored 14 points, most of which were results of her steals. Junior Madison LaPrarie earned a game-high 20 points for the Panthers.
Each member of the team was able to contribute to the Panthers’ win.
“Everyone had the opportunity to play,” said Williams. “We played really well, and it was a great game.”
“With us being so young, we’re still trying to find our chemistry,” said Demetrius White, the Lady Pels’ head coach. “I’ve seen progress and I’ve seen times where we’ve reverted back to our old ways. Against Brusly, we absolutely made freshmen mistakes.”
“It’s just tough,” said Coach White. “I always tell them it seems like they don’t want to get out of their comfort zones. I see the potential in the girls, I just need them to trust themselves. Once they do, we can be a competitive team.”
After their dominating performance against Port Allen, the Lady Panthers continued their reign by crushing the St. James Wildcats on Friday night, 68-34.
Williams credits the success to the team’s defensive intensity.
“We did a better job on both the defensive and offensive sides,” said Williams.
Three of Brusly’s girls scored in double digits for the Panthers: Shedricka Pierson with 15 points, Madison LaPrarie with 14, and Caitlyn Williams with 12.
Coach Williams said she is confident that her team can keep the momentum going in the upcoming week.
“It’s great to get those two wins in before our last away game against West Feliciana,” said the Lady Panthers’ coach.
Friday night’s Port Allen game, however, ended badly for the Lady Pels, as they suffered an 82-15 loss against the U-High Cubs.
“They’re very well coached,” said Port Allen’s Coach Demetrius White. “They have some great, athletic girls. We were overpowered by a better team. They’re the number four team in the state; what we have, it doesn’t compare.”
On top of having a very young team, the Lady Pels were shorthanded with only six players at the game: four freshmen and two sophomores.
This isn’t the first time White has had to rebuild an inexperienced team.
“I’ve gone through this before at Broadmoor,” said the Lady Pels’ coach. “It just takes time. What I need from parents and fans is patience. Learning is a process, not an event. We’re a work in progress.”